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Today, voters of the City of Bishop will decide who will occupy two top leadership positions for the next four years.
Jim Ellis, Jeff Griffiths and Bruce Dishion are the three candidates citizens will be casting their votes for today on the March 8 General Municipal Election ballots.
The single polling place, the City Hall Auditorium at 377 W. Line St., will open at 7 a.m. Mail-in and absentee ballots can also be dropped off but must be received by the close of polls at 8 p.m. to be counted.
Current council member and mayor pro-tempore Dishion previously served as Bishop Police Chief after working his way through the ranks, retiring in 2002. That year, Dishion earned the highest certificate bestowed by the State Office of Peace Officer Standards and Training, an Executive Certificate.
Dishion has been in public service for more than 30 years. He has said he is and will be an advocate for homeowner property rights.
He is involved in the Bishop Lions Club, Scouting and the Salvation Army and has coached baseball. He is also a volunteer for the California High School Rodeo Association.
âI love Bishop, I have time, I have no conflicts,â Dishion said.
This will be Ellisâ first time on an official ballot. Ellis is a Bishop Union High School graduate and former Bishop Police Department dispatcher. He currently works for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
Ellis is a born and raised Owens Valleyite. âI feel it is my duty to give back to the community that I was raised in, that I am raising my family in, and that has been so good to me and my family.â
Ellis has also said he can bring a fresh set of ideas and a âthink-outside-the-boxâ approach to city government.
Griffiths is from Ohio and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama for years; currently he is Bishopâs mayor. He is also a longtime community volunteer involved with many area organizations, including Wild Iris, the Parent Teachers Association and 4-H, in addition to being a foster parent.
He has said that he is proud of the progress the city has been able to achieve in the past four years despite declining revenue, including the mass of street and infrastructure projects in the city as well as being able to offer year-round programs and activities at the City Park and at City Hall. âIn these uncertain times, we must be creative and act proactively to guide the future of Bishop,â Griffiths said.